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« on: July 06, 2006 05:21:25 AM »

Who's more admirable than Bruce Lee?! He was talented, smart, creative, groundbreaking, and impossibly handsome, if you ask me. He's an icon and deservedly so. So I bring you Bruce Lee Monkey, as seen in the famous final fight scene from "Enter The Dragon", ready to defeat Han who has scratched poor Bruce all up with his evil knife-hand.

     He's really angry, because Han has offended his family and offended the Shaolin Temple.

     And this is right before he kills that traitor Han with his bare hands.

     Here's some back and detail photos:

Bruce Lee Monkey is made from a pair of plain greyish-brownish socks - I could've tried to match the incredible tan Bruce Lee has in the movie, but I wanted to make sure the embroidered scratches were visible. He has twisted wire through pretty much all of his body so that he can stand freely and be posed in ass-kicking stances without having to worry about tipping over and stuff. The wire is looped at the ends so that it can't poke through his hands and feet and tail. (I had already stuffed him when my brother helped me work that out, so he had to be unstuffed and restuffed all over again.) His pants are made from some fabric I had in my cupboard even though I had NO idea how to make tiny pants and just made them up as I went. They have a tail-hole and close with a tiny snap button above the tail. His socks are from a pair of mine that I sacrificed and his shoes are felt. He has yarn hair and felt eyebrows and I watched the fight scene about a thousand times to get the exact placement and number of all the scratches.

It may not seem like it, but this guy was pretty tricky for me. I've only ever made one sock monkey before, so it's still new. I've never made anything with tiny clothes and I now have much respect for any of you guys who make doll clothes. I can't even sew human-sized clothes that well. The shoes took forever because I just couldn't figure out what I was doing and I spent all of yesterday evening / night putting in his hair and cutting it. I had no idea how involved he would be when I started, but i LOVE him, so it was totally worth it. I'm so glad I managed to finish just in the nick of time for this challenge!

I hope you all like him (and you better not offend him or anything because he could crush you with his tail. Smiley  )

« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2006 05:41:30 AM »

aiyah! he's awesome.
the hair, the shoes, the scratches.. well done!
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2006 06:02:04 AM »

Ha ha -  This is awesome!  I love the facial expression and the neat little scratches, the posing, the eyebrows, even the little socks and shoes - such a wonderful job!  Kudos to you! Exclaimation!!!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2006 07:32:12 AM »

This is so good!  I love that you put wire in him so he can stand up.  Great job!

« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2006 07:33:41 AM »

that is the best sock monkey ever....my little brother would love it!
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2006 07:39:18 AM »

Wow - THANK YOU all so much! I'm beaming with pride over here. I was still working on a nearly blank monkey when other people had already started posting their entries and I was totally intimidated by how awesome they all are! I actually had to forbid myself to look at any more until Bruce was finished and posted, just so I didn't give up. I'm so glad you guys like him! Thanks again!

(and Ramona - I love your screenname and avatar thingy, I used to read nothing but those Ramona books when I was little!)
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2006 07:41:19 AM »

Hilarious! Hail Bruce Monkey, master of the one-cm punch!  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2006 03:45:12 PM »

I love Bruce Lee and this monkey rocks the house.  My favorite part are the tiny little shoes!  Sooooooo cute!
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2006 09:46:20 PM »

The little shoes are too funny! Great job- he looks fierce!

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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2006 10:27:38 PM »

those pants and shoes are soooo cute!

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